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Dartington, Devon

Historical Description

Dartington, a parish in Devonshire, on the river Dart, 2 miles N by Wof Totnes station on the G.W.R. Post town, Totnes; money order and telegraph office, Totnes. Acreage, 3165; population, 676. The manor was given by the Conqueror to William de Falaise, passed to the families of Martyn, Audley, Vere, Holland, and Courtenay, and has belonged since the middle of the 16th century to the Champer-nownes. Dartington House, the seat of the Champernownes, is a grand pile 250 feet long, and includes part of the feudal mansion of the Dukes of Exeter. Venton House, the seat of the Moyses, is a large ancient edifice. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Exeter; value, £491 with residence. The church stood close to Dartington House, and was a fine structure of nave, chancel, and aisles, and contained a carved oak screen, a carved oak pulpit, and some antique monuments of the Champernownes and others. It was entirely rebuilt in 1880 on a new site. A chapel of ease, at the south-eastern extremity of the parish, is a neat edifice in the Early English style, with a spire.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDevon 
Ecclesiastical parishDartington St. Mary 
Poor Law unionTotnes 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

Findmypast, in association with the South West Heritage Trust, Parochial Church Council, and Devon Family History Society have the Baptisms, Banns, Marriages, and Burials online for Dartington

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Dartington from the following:


Online maps of Dartington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Devon online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the County of Devon in the year 1564, with additions from the earlier visitation of 1531, is online.

The Visitations of the County of Devon, comprising the Heralds' Visitations of 1531, 1564, & 1620, with additions by Lieutant-Colonel J.L. Vivian, published for the author by Henry S. Eland, Exeter 1895 is online.

DistrictSouth Hams
RegionSouth West
Postal districtTQ9
Post TownTotnes